How to Eat Your Way Through Boston's South End
Beantown's beloved South End neighborhood is known for some of the best restaurants in Boston — casual bistros, fine dining gems, an oyster spot and a butcher shop directly across from one another and enough trendy newbies to keep your reservation calendar packed at all times. 🍴
This French bistro has been popular with both locals and tourists alike for over 19 years and continues to be the perfect place for a weekend brunch with friends, or an intimate date night. Order the Escargot, Duck Rillettes (Confit Duck Pâté, Jardiniere & Toasted Levain), Foie Gras Torchon (Pears & Sultana Confiture, Brioche Croutons) and Crisp Pork Paillard Salade (Pan Seared Pork Schnitzel, Fried Egg, Lemon-Caper Brown Butter, Watercress Salade), plus any of their recommended Rosés or Sancerres to wash it all down.
Featuring live music every night of the week (jazz, blues, reggae, latin and burlesque), The Beehive is where you go for an eclectic vibe, seriously delicious sharable plates, and a damn good time. Signature dishes include: the Scotch Egg with Pork Sausage and Mustard, New England Clam Bisque with Smoked Bacon, Tuna Tartare (North African Spice, Chickpeas, Yogurt, Preserved Lemon) and Housemade Chestnut Straccetti Pasta (Maitake Mushrooms, Broccolini, Parmesan).
You come to B&G for the insanely fresh seafood. That means a serious raw bar, 12 different types of east and west Coast oysters, fried clams, charred octopus, house ceviche, prawns, mussels and obviously one of the top lobster rolls in all of Boston. They also offer oyster shucking classes, which makes for a pretty fun summertime activity when visiting.
The Butcher Shop
Across the street from B&G is Barbara Lynch's carnivore's dream come true: The Butcher Shop. Inspired by Lynch's travels across Italy and France and old-world European boucheries, TBS is ideal for spending a lazy afternoon inside sipping robust reds and sampling a charcuterie board. A neighborhood wine bar with a seasonal menu that changes daily and a full-service butcher shop — no trip to Boston (or the South End for that matter) is complete without checking this place out.
Pizza, pasta, antipasti — this is what Coppa's James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette do best. A cozy space with just a few tables, it's cool to sit at the bar and work your way through any of the following: Crudo di Mollusco (Nantucket Bay Scallops, Persimmon, Sea Bean, Sambal), Zucca e Burrata (Local Delicata Squash, Burrata, Miso-Molasses Vinaigrette, Pumpkin Seeds), Cacio e Pepe con Tartufo Nero (Semolina Bucatini, Black Pepper, Parmesan, Black Truffles) and Cavoletti di Bruxelles (White Pizza, Brussels Sprouts, Shallot, Crescenza Cheese). And don't even try going once; you'll be as addicted as I was after your first time.
Myers+Chang merges Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese flavors, in an indie diner setting, that makes for a ridiculously tasty dinner (or lunch) time and time again. You can't go wrong with any of their dim sum-y things: Untraditional Scallion Pancake, Asian Pickles, Spicy Tuna Poke, Tea-Smoked Pork Spare Ribs, Cold Taiwanese Dan Dan Noodles or their potsticker-style dumplings: Edamame with Mustard Greens and Wasabi, Mama Chang’s Pork + Chive or Lemony Shrimp. Oh and their mouthwatering selection of buns, baos, rolls and a taco is 👍👍. #NOMNOMNOM